Stockton California Workers' Compensation Law Blog

CA law firm fighting to appeal workers' compensation denials

Recently on this blog, we discussed how several Tesla employees suffered repetitive stress injuries while on the job. These workplace injuries may seem relatively minor, but, they can, in fact, be quite serious. They may require extensive surgery, a medication regimen, and an extensive amount of time in rehabilitation. Other on-the-job injuries, such as scaffolding and ladder falls, can leave a worker with serious injuries. While trying to recover their health, these individuals can find it hard to make ends meet. After all, while they are unable to work, they are unable to earn a wage.

This is why the workers' compensation system exists: to help those who have been hurt while performing their job duties. When successfully obtained, claimants can receive cash benefits that can help them recoup their lost wages, pay their medical expenses, and pay for rehabilitation costs. This allows them to focus on reclaiming their health and getting back to work quickly, rather than allowing their condition to go untreated, thereby preventing them from getting back on the job.

The SSI appeals process

Supplemental Security Income claims are heavily scrutinized by the federal government. Those who are deemed not to meet the federal requirements for these benefits are denied benefits, which can really throw them into financial disarray, especially since these individuals lack the ability to work. However, those who have had their initial claim denied should not give up, as the Social Security Administration provides an appeals process that can be utilized to the fullest extent in hopes of recovering the benefits one deserves.

Obtaining disability benefits for having an intellectual disorder

Many Californians suffer from serious injuries and illnesses that leave them unable to work. Under these circumstances, these individuals may find it hard to make ends meet. After all, how are they supposed to pay their rent or mortgage, their utilities, and put food on the table when they have no income? Well, many of these individuals may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, before cash benefits can be obtained, a disabled individual must show the Social Security Administration that they meet certain federal requirements.

Tesla factory workers experiencing stress-related injuries

Innovation drives new jobs and fresh market demand. For workers, this opportunity can provide the chance to learn new skills, but it can also cause unanticipated stress. In California, this exact sentiment is being felt by workers at the Tesla plant in nearby Fremont. Although the facility is called the "factory of the future," its workers have not been able to avoid the industry's history of stress and injury.

Since 2014, more than 100 Tesla workers have been hospitalized for stress-related conditions like fainting and chest pains while on the job, according to a new report by The Guardian. Employees cite CEO Elon Musk's ambitious production goals as the primary cause of the stress. Musk hopes the Fremont plant can produce 125,000 cars in 2018 alone. What is being done to increase production goals without increasing work-related stress?

NSC survey reveals many workers have real concerns about safety

The National Safety Council, the renowned nonprofit advocacy group, recently released the results of a fascinating study gauging employee feelings about workplace safety, a truly important topic given that 4,836 people lost their lives in work-related accidents in 2015 alone.

Specifically, the study, which was designed "to understand perceptions of workplace safety among the U.S. labor force," interviewed 2,000 part-time and full-time employees across 14 industries, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing.

Workplace safety: refusing hazardous work

Many Californians work in jobs that are inherently dangerous. Firefighters, police officers, and even construction and factory workers can be faced with hazardous conditions on a nearly daily basis. For many of these workers, the threat of a work accident is just part of the job. But, they should know that they have legal rights with regard to the protection of their own safety, and employers can do very little, if anything, to those who act on these rights.

The appeals process for SSI claims

Supplemental Security Income provides financial support for those who are low-income and suffer from certain types of disabilities. However, just like the Social Security disability system, those who seek out these benefits must have their claims subjected to review before approval. In order to qualify for these benefits, claimants must meet certain federal requirements. Those who don't meet them will have their claim denied.

Construction accident injures one, kills another

It's always construction season in California, which means that the men and women who work in this industry are put at risk year-round of being injured in a construction accident. Although state and federal regulators attempt to make workplace safety a top priority, far too often corners are cut at the expense of workers' health and well-being. When a workplace accident occurs, victims can be left with serious injuries, including broken bones, severe lacerations, and head and neck injuries. Yet, the worst workplace accidents are those that are fatal, as they not only take an innocent individual's life, but they also leave their family with excruciating emotional and financial damage.

Social Security disability and compassionate allowances

The sudden onset of an injury or illness can leave an individual with a lot to consider. First and foremost, they will need to consider how best to treat their condition, and the options might be extensive. Additionally, they will probably need to consider their financial situation. While some individuals are able to continue working while they receive treatment, others are rendered unable to work. Under the Social Security Administration's disability program, these individuals may be considered "disabled" and, therefore, qualify for SSD benefits.

Legal advocate can help develop workers' compensation claim

Every job poses some sort of risk to those who perform it. It's easy to see that police officers put their safety on the line when they go on duty, and firefighters do, too. But construction workers, forklift operators, and even office personnel can succumb to workplace injuries at any given time. The type and severity of such injuries can vary widely, from a sprained back to broken bones and head injuries. Just about any injury can knock an individual out of work, though, leaving him or her fearful of how to make ends meet while they are away from work.

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